What is the way of God perfecting man? What aspects does it include? Are you willing to be perfected by God? Are you willing to receive God’s judgment and chastisement? What do you know about these things? If you cannot speak any knowledge about them, it proves that you do not know God’s work yet and simply have no inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Such a person cannot possibly be perfected, and he will only be given some grace to enjoy temporarily, which cannot last for long. If one only enjoys God’s grace, he cannot be perfected by God. Some people are content to have peace and enjoyment for their flesh, to live an easy life without misfortune or adversity, and to have a family living in harmony without arguing or quarrelling. And they think that these are God’s blessings. Actually, these are only God’s grace. You should not be content to just enjoy God’s grace. These thoughts are too vulgar. Even if you read God’s word every day and pray every day and have great enjoyment and peace in your spirit, if in the end you cannot speak any knowledge about God’s work or about God and do not have any experience, and no matter how much you eat and drink God’s word, you only feel peace and enjoyment in your spirit, and feel God’s word is incomparably sweet as if you cannot enjoy enough of it, but you do not have any practical experience of God’s word and do not have any reality of God’s word, what can you gain through believing in God like this? If you cannot live out the substance of God’s word, your eating and drinking or praying is of religious belief. Such a person cannot be perfected or be gained. Those gained by God are all the ones who pursue the truth. What God gains is not man’s flesh, not man’s belonging, but the part within man that belongs to God. So, for God to perfect man is not to perfect man’s flesh but to perfect man’s heart so that man’s heart can be gained by God. That is to say, the substance of the word “God perfects man” is that God perfects man’s heart so that man’s heart can turn to God and love God.
Man’s flesh is mortal. It is utterly useless for God to gain man’s flesh, for man’s flesh is something sure to decay and cannot inherit God’s inheritance or God’s blessings. If God gains man’s flesh and only keeps man’s flesh in this stream, man will be in this stream nominally but his heart will still belong to satan. In this case, man not only cannot become the manifestation of God but will become an encumbrance to God. Then it will be meaningless for God to choose people. Those God will perfect are all the ones who will inherit God’s blessings and God’s inheritance; that is, they will receive what God has and is as what they have within and have all God’s words wrought into them; no matter what being God has, he will let you receive all of it, so that you will live out the truth. Such are the ones perfected by God and the ones gained by God. Only such people will be qualified to inherit the blessings bestowed by God:
1. Receiving all God’s love.
2. Being able to act to God’s will in everything.
3. Receiving God’s leading, living under God’s enlightenment, and receiving God’s inspiration.
4. Living out an image loved by God on earth, loving God genuinely and being crucified for God and being qualified to requite God’s love with death like Peter, and having the same glory as Peter.
5. Being loved, admired, and envied by everyone on earth.
6. Overcoming all the bondage of death and Hades, leaving no chance for satan to work on them, being occupied by God, living in a fresh and lively spirit, and feeling no boredom.
7. Being indescribably excited and thrilled all the time in their life as if seeing the coming of God’s glorious day.
8. Being glorified with God and having the same countenance as the holy ones loved by God.
9. Becoming the ones loved by God on earth, that is, becoming God’s beloved sons.
10. Being transfigured and ascending to the third heaven with God, transcending the flesh.
Only those who can inherit God’s blessings are the ones who have been perfected by God and the ones who have been gained by God. Have you gained anything now? To what extent have you been perfected by God? God does not perfect man randomly, but there are conditions and there will be obvious results for people to see. It is not that as long as one believes in God, he can be perfected by God and gained by God and can inherit God’s blessings and God’s inheritance on earth, as people have imagined. All these are extremely difficult things, not to mention being transfigured. Now you should mainly pursue to be perfected by God in everything, to be perfected by God through every person, matter, and thing you encounter, so that more of what God is can be wrought into you. You should first inherit God’s inheritance on earth, and only after that can you be qualified to inherit more and greater blessings of God. All these are what you should pursue and what you should first understand. The more you pursue to be perfected by God in everything, the more you will be able to see God’s hand in everything. Thus you will be able to actively pursue to enter into the being of God’s word and the reality of God’s word from different angles and in different things. You should not be content to live in such negative states as committing no sins, having no notions, having no philosophies of life, and having no human will. God perfects man in many different ways. He may cause you to be perfected in everything, and he can perfect you not only on the positive side but also on the negative side, so that you will become richer. Every day there will be opportunities for you to be perfected and times for you to be gained by God. If you experience in this way for some time, you will be greatly transformed, and now you will naturally be able to see through many things you did not understand before. There will be no need for others to teach you; God will inspire you without your realizing it, so that you will receive inspiration in everything and enter into the details of all experiences, and he will surely lead you so that you will not turn aside to the right or to the left. Then you will have stepped onto the way of being perfected by God.
To be perfected by God, one should not just confine himself to being perfected by God through eating and drinking God’s word. Such experience is too one-sided and is narrow in scope, and it will only confine him to a small sphere. In that case, he will lack much nourishment he needs in his spirit. If you want to be perfected by God, you have to learn how to experience in everything and to be able to receive inspiration in everything you encounter. Every time you encounter something, whether good or bad, you should be able to benefit from it and not let it make you passive. Anyway, you should look at it from God’s side and should not analyze or study it from man’s standpoint (this is a deviation in experience). If you experience in this way, your heart will be occupied by your burden for your life, and you will live in the light of God’s presence all the time and will not easily deviate in your practice. Such a person will have a great future. There are so many opportunities for you to be perfected by God, yet this depends on whether you are ones who truly love God and whether you have the will to be perfected by God, to be gained by God, to inherit God’s blessings, and to inherit God’s inheritance. It is not enough that you only have the will. You have to have much knowledge, otherwise you will always deviate in your practice. God is willing to perfect every one of you. Considering the present situation, although most people have accepted God’s work for so long, they only confine themselves to enjoying God’s grace and only expect God to give them some fleshly ease but do not desire to receive more and higher revelations. This shows that their heart is still always on outward things. Although there is less mixture in people’s work, in their service, or in their love for God, as far as their inner essence and their backward thinking are concerned, they still always pursue to receive peace and enjoyment for their flesh and are not concerned with what exactly are the conditions and purposes of God perfecting man. Therefore, the life of most people is still vulgar and decadent without any change. They simply do not take believing in God seriously, as if they believe for others, treating it perfunctorily. They just muddle along and drag out a meaningless existence. Few people can pursue to enter into God’s word in everything and obtain more and richer things, so as to become richer ones in God’s family of today and receive more blessings from God. If you pursue to be perfected by God and be able to inherit God’s earthly promises in everything and pursue to be inspired by God in everything without idling away your time, this is the best way of entering in actively. Only thus will you have the qualification and condition to be perfected by God. Are you truly a person who pursues to be perfected by God? Are you truly a person who is serious about everything? Do you have Peter’s spirit of loving God? Do you have Jesus’ will to love God? You believed in Jesus for years; did you see how Jesus loved God? Was the one you believed in truly Jesus? You believe in the practical God of today; have you seen how the practical God of today who is in the flesh loves the God in heaven? You believed in the Lord Jesus Christ because Jesus’ crucifixion for the redemption of mankind and the signs and wonders performed by him were facts acknowledged by all; yet people believed not because they had knowledge and true understanding of Jesus Christ. You only believed in the name of Jesus but not in the Spirit of Jesus, because you did not pay any attention to how Jesus loved God. You believed in God too childishly. Although you believed in Jesus for years, you do not know how to love God. Aren’t you the biggest fool in the world? This proves that you had the “food of the Lord Jesus Christ” in vain for years. I do not like such a person, and I believe that the “Lord Jesus Christ” you adore will not like such a person either. How could such a person be perfected? Don’t you blush? Don’t you feel ashamed? Will you have the face to meet your “Lord Jesus Christ” again? Do you understand what I mean by saying these words?